Pliers are multi-purpose hand tools used for holding and gripping small articles or for bending and cutting wires.They look like scissors, composed of two metal levers joined together at a pivot point. The jaws are are used to bend, cut and slice wires, or for removing unwanted nails and tiny needles from a surface.
Based on the length and specific design of the jaws, pliers can be used for a variety of jobs. There are different types of pliers in the market, used for specific purposes. These include slip-joint pliers, needle-nose pliers, combination pliers, locking pliers, tongue and groove pliers, and many more.
In this blog, we will take a closer look at combination pliers.
Specially designed to serve all wire cutting needs, they combine gripping jaws with wire cutters.When the handles are squeezed together, it amplifies the pressure exerted and the force between the jaws is greater than the user’s input pressure. This allows the tool to grip to be much tighter than using just your hand.
Combination pliers are called such because they can perform a combination of jobs. They are most typically used for gripping, compressing, bending, twisting, extracting and cutting various materials.
So, what makes this tool so versatile? Each part of a combination pliers serves a definite purpose.
Typically, combination pliers will come with plastic coated handles to provide added comfort and grip. The size and length of the handles will depend on the size of the pliers, as well the intended use of the pliers. For example, pliers which are designed for use by electricians and linemen always have insulated handles so they can be used to cute electrical wires.
The jaws in combination pliers have flat edges for general gripping. They usually have squared tips. Very often, they also feature serrated jaws to provide friction while gripping. The jaws open and close along with the handles, like a scissor.
The cutters are built into the jaws of the tool. They are positioned near the pivot point, which gives them the maximum leverage. Cutters are designed to cut cables and wire.
The two handles of the pliers meet at a hinge called as the pivot point. It allows the handles to be opened and closed, which in turn, allow the jaws to open and close to perform gripping or cutting jobs.
The pipe grip refers to a rounded, serrated cut-out in the jaws. It is primarily used for holding rounded materials, like pipes and cables. The round shape reduces the chance of crushing the material, which might happen when using flat edges. Most combination pliers have a pipe grip, but not all of them.
This feature is only found in pliers designed for electrical use. Wire strippers refer to small, rounded cutters that are used to cut the plastic insulation around a wire so it can be removed without damaging the wire.
Sometimes, combination pliers may come with a nail puller grip. This can help remove standard-size nails from a surface with little effort.
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